room Kenai River Fishing Lodge in rural Soldotna, AK.
March 8, 2022

This has been a real old-fashioned winter here on the Kenai Peninsula.  We have had so much snow that we are running out of places to put it. The past week, we have had unusually warm weather with temperatures running above freezing. We have had rain which of course make has melted a lot of the snow and left puddles on the driveway. Then it snowed so you couldn’t see where you could walk without slipping and falling.  We had sanded the main driveway but it was still very dangerous to walk from one building to another.  Josh who helps here at the kamp and is very sure footed even slipped and fell.

We are optimistic that we are going to have an early breakup as temperatures are slated to be above freezing for the next week. There is just such an enormous amount of snow that has to melt before we get down to the gravel driveway and the lawn. Anchorage is slated to have temps at or above 40 degrees for the next several days and ours should follow suit.

If the current trend in weather continues, we could have a terrific and long summer. As the snow melts, it will fill up the river and its tributaries. We won’t have a problem with low water. It should also help keep the water temperature cooler than it has been the last few years which is thought to have been detrimental to our fish runs.

We will be open for occupancy as soon as the possibility of freezing temperatures has passed.  All buildings have been winterized for the winter months.  We are hopeful that we do not have any broken water lines. During late spring or the early part of the summer, although most fishing has not started yet, other than perhaps ice fishing, there are still many things that one can do in the area.

In March, there is a winter king salmon derby in Homer. This is an exciting event and was won last year by a 10 year old boy. The kings are not that big but they still put up a good fight.